Quandary Peak Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Quandary's east ridge route gets very crowded on summer weekends.
This trail is very very rocky! It's pretty much a scramble all the way up. I guess I'd say about 1mile in thats wooded and then it becomes rocks. Makes the trail much more difficult. I hiked on Saturday morning and the weather was great. A little snow up top which became slush on our way down. Made it harder to get down bc of the rocks and slush you were just skidding. It took us about 2.5 hrs to summit and almost the same to get down. The view was amazing and very glad I did it. But because of the rocks I would not do it again. My dog did very well though and it was not very busy. Best part was going into Breckenridge after and eating at Flip Side! Great beers and truffle fries are a must! If you are ok with a scramble check it out, if not steer clear!
Holy smokes this one kicked my ass. Straight up almost! Maybe I'm a wuss, I don't know. So worth it though. Breathtaking views the whole way up!
Did this hike 10-2-16. Started at 8:10am & summited at 12:30pm. I'd rank it more intermediate even though a lot of websites say it's one of the easier 14ers in Co. I had to take multiple stops the last mile up. I've done a lot of hiking the last few months & I'm in good shape. This was harder than I thought. Fantastic views at the top. Took 2 hours to descend.
The last bit is super steep and difficult...but the views from the top and along the way were worth it!
Did it as a teenager in the 90's - amazing
According to my Fitbit this hike was approx 12 miles. As someone not used to the altitude I hiked this trail my second day in Colorado. This was a very difficult and rewarding hike. Worth it in the end but be prepared for a long day.
Beautiful hike! We started at 2:30 AM and were at the summit for the sunrise. Gorgeous views.
Went over memorial day weekend. Weather was spotty cycling between snow and sunshine, although temp was perfect (low 50's). Great trail, not too many people and very clean and easy to follow. Did not Summit though, as snow was too deep above tree line to continue on with tennis shoes and shorts. Will definitely come back again better prepared! Amazing views of the surrounding mountains along the trail!
It's all been said before. Beautiful hike! Easy to follow trail. Great views. Rocky above the tree line. Saw a bunch of mountain goats. 5 hours round trip, but I spent a half an hour at the summit. I kept a pretty quick pace 2-3 hours up, going down was an even faster pace as the sun was setting. Few people late in the day, but wouldn't go late in the day during mid-summer or if there is any forecast for rain because of lightning risk. Recommended hike!
This is one of my favorite 14ers. The trail is well marked and maintained. Big thanks to the folks who do a great job. We saw mountain goats on the way up. The trail gets steeper the last thousand feet so save your energy and enjoy.
Counted 175 people easily. So crowded. That's the only reason it's three stars. It's hard to go your own pace up and down when there are lines of people 20 long in front of you. :/ wouldn't hike again unless it was in the middle of the night when there are *less* people. (At 11:30 pm there were 8 empty cars in the parking lot night hiking)
Loved this hike. Big mental challenge overcoming the false peaks and getting to the top. Definitely worth the 3am wake up call.
This was my second 14er. We began at 6:20am and took us 4 hours to get up, and 3.5 hours to get down (knee problem!). The views from the summit are incredible. The last stretch of incline is very difficult. Mostly due to the elevation, and how steep it is. Be aware that there are a few false summits. You can't see the final incline until you are quite close. More than half of the entire trail is rocks of all different sizes. The most challenging part of this trail is coming down. Descending from the summit is very steep and the dirt was loose with gravel rocks that made is very slippery and dangerous. Many people fell (even with poles). I would not recommend this trail without poles. We saw a lot of mountain goats! Go early, most of this trail is direct sunlight and it gets very warm. The listed mileage is vertical miles. Overall it was about 10 or 11 miles.
This was a great hike today. Beautiful weather. Fairly windy on the saddle and cold and windy up on top.
Really this was my first real hike. Wasn't really into until I climbed this trail. Very beautiful! Started at 1:00am and peaked around 3:40am. Thought it would take longer than it did. I was going off of everybody else's climb times. Luckily I brought a blanket in my backpack to snuggle up with. Started early to see the sunrise and boy was it beautiful. Kind of recommend hiking this at night because you can't see how much further you have to climb before you reach the top so you don't really get discouraged. You just climb. Descending is the easy part. You can fly down. I think we made it down in 1h15m.
Top notch hike. So beautiful the whole way up. Tough stuff though, the rocky terain and the vertical wears on you. This was my first Fourteener and possibly the hardest hike I've ever done. Started at 7am, didn't get back to my car until 1:30. Mountain goats were a nice plus. I'm so glad I did it and crossed it off my bucket list, but likely wouldn't do it again.
Made it 2 miles up and then went back down (fear of heights won today), spotted a goat :) it is steep and at times mainly rocky and in direct sunlight. Want to come back and start earlier in the day and make it to the top. Beautiful breathtaking views throughout the entire hike.
I went with my dog yesterday for his first 14er and he had a blast! There was a bit of snow at the top he played around in that I was able to avoid myself. We didn't see any mountain goats unfortunately but saw a lot of people on our way down, not on our way up. Started at 6:30 and was back at the car at 10:30.